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ClassicalBeethovenThe Beethoven Journey: Piano Concertos No. 2 and 4Performed by Leif Over Andsnes with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra[Sony Classical]ΩΩΩ½ I could do without Leif Over Andsnes uncompromisingly dour demeanor. It gives this album a cheerless feel. Two different photos show his frowning face, and a few more show overcast skies. But I do like Andsnes’ robust play…

There’s little dispute who the jazz singing discovery of the past decade was: Cecile McLorin Salvant. In 2010, she won both the Thelonious Monk International vocal competition and the virtual unanimous allegiance of every musician and critic who heard her.Her first appearance on disc was performing John Lennon’s “Oh My Love” on Jacky Terrasson&#…

There’s little dispute who the jazz singing discovery of the past decade was: Cecile McLorin Salvant. In 2010, she won both the Thelonious Monk International vocal competition and the virtual unanimous allegiance of every musician and critic who heard her.Her first appearance on disc was performing John Lennon’s “Oh My Love” on Jacky Terrasson’s disc, where she sounded vag…

Lounge R&BLouis Prima Jr. and the WitnessesBlow[Warrior]ΩΩNobody ever said that the “Juniors” ever had it easy in American show business. If, for instance, you were Will Rogers Jr. or Frank Sinatra Jr. or Louis Prima Jr., you would almost think that your professional fate was mapped out for you at birth. And it probably didn’t include b…

Lounge R&BLouis Prima Jr. and the WitnessesBlow[Warrior]ΩΩNobody ever said that the “Juniors” ever had it easy in American show business. If, for instance, you were Will Rogers Jr. or Frank Sinatra Jr. or Louis Prima Jr., you would almost think that your professional fate was mapped out for you at birth. And it probably didn’t include being a dentist or an accountant.The v…

Electric JazzThe Nels Cline SingersMacrocope[Mack Avenue]ΩΩΩ½No, they’re not really singers. You’ll definitely hear a voice, very much in passing, doing a sub-Metheny wordless vocalise but otherwise, Wilco’s guitarist was playing games while giving this name to his sensational new electric jazz trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and d…

Electric JazzThe Nels Cline SingersMacrocope[Mack Avenue]ΩΩΩ½No, they’re not really singers. You’ll definitely hear a voice, very much in passing, doing a sub-Metheny wordless vocalise but otherwise, Wilco’s guitarist was playing games while giving this name to his sensational new electric jazz trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola.All the past drek that…

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Jerome Moross was known for his music for the screen, including movies such as “The Big Country” and the TV show “Wagon Train.” He wrote his Symphony No. 1 in 1941 to lift America’s spirits during World War II. It is full of infectious rhythms and appealing melodies. The second movement has a part for solo piano, and though the symphony i…

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Jerome Moross was known for his music for the screen, including movies such as “The Big Country” and the TV show “Wagon Train.” He wrote his Symphony No. 1 in 1941 to lift America’s spirits during World War II. It is full of infectious rhythms and appealing melodies. The second movement has a part for solo piano, and though the symphony is classical in nature, there also a…

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The Whigs don’t mess around. The Athens, Ga.-born trio firmly believes in a trusty credo demanding that rock ’n’ roll be urgent, primitive, rollicking, raw and preferably, captured live in a warts-and-all format. For the band’s new album, “Modern Creation,” out this week, Tom Petty/Wilco producer Jim Scott was enlisted, the band recorded 10 tracks live off of the recording…

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The Whigs don’t mess around. The Athens, Ga.-born trio firmly believes in a trusty credo demanding that rock ’n’ roll be urgent, primitive, rollicking, raw and preferably, captured live in a warts-and-all format. For the band’s new album, “Modern Creation,” out this week, Tom Petty/Wilco producer Jim Scott was enlisted, the band re…

PopEelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett[PIASS America]4 starsMark Oliver Everett has been observing half-empty glasses for a good while. He populates his album releases as Eels with those observations. As he drops album No. 11, “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett,” it’s obvious that he’s gotten damn good at it by this point.Wry, sardonic and brutally ho…

PopEelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett[PIASS America]4 starsMark Oliver Everett has been observing half-empty glasses for a good while. He populates his album releases as Eels with those observations. As he drops album No. 11, “The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett,” it’s obvious that he’s gotten damn good at it by this point.W…

Electric JazzThe Nels Cline SingersMacrocope[Mack Avenue]ΩΩΩ½No, they’re not really singers. You’ll definitely hear a voice, very much in passing, doing a sub-Pat Metheny wordless vocalise but otherwise, Wilco’s guitarist Nels Cline was playing games while giving this name to his sensational new electric jazz trio with bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Scott Amendola.All the…

Electric JazzThe Nels Cline SingersMacrocope[Mack Avenue]ΩΩΩ½No, they’re not really singers. You’ll definitely hear a voice, very much in passing, doing a sub-Pat Metheny wordless vocalise but otherwise, Wilco’s guitarist Nels Cline was playing games while giving this name to his sensational new electric jazz trio with bassist Tr…